"I have enjoyed the customisation aspect of Harley Davidson bikes since I joined the company in 2012. Ranging from a couple of bolt on accessories to full on customisation jobs with chopped / fabricated parts, custom paint jobs and engine upgrades the possibilities are endless."
"This means that almost all of the bikes that go through the dealership have an individuality which to a large degree remains exclusive to the Harley-Davidson brand. All departments are actively involved in customisation of the bikes and this years’ Battle of the Kings bike is no exception."
The bike we chose for this edition of Battle of the Kings was the 2017MY XL1200X 48 which is already a brilliant bike which is fun to ride, and even more importantly is a brilliant base for customisation because of its classic lines and compact dimensions.
We set out to do something which has a classy look whilst remaining a practical riding proposition. What we ended up with was ‘BOOTLEG’. The bikes styling is inspired by the 1940 Ford V8 Coupe which was the Vehicle of choice for Moonshiners’ and Rum runners in 40’s and 50’s America. With understated Black paintwork like its inspiration, the bike is also shod with whitewall tyres to complete the vintage vibe.
The RSD Bob Job Boss seat moulds seamlessly into the side profile of the bike. The RSD Black Ops Tracker exhaust has a discreet yet purposeful look and is an audible delight not like any other sportster exhaust I’ve heard, this is complemented by a touch of modern with the compact and stylish Harley-Davidson rail collection air filter, this is finished off with a stage 1 tune using a screaming eagle super tuner.
Up front, the ‘runner’ stance is completed by the fitment of Harley-Davidson drag bars, these have been fitted with the subtle but extremely comfortable ‘get a grip’ grips from Harley Davidson. Finally, for those midnight runs, a black daymaker headlamp has been fitted for brilliant visibility.
Highlight of the build apart from the end result, was the RSD tracker Black Ops exhaust, as the black shield totally changes the look of the pipe - and the sound is like nothing else!
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